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Lawyer Burns Harvard Law Diploma

“If success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not live in your heart, it is not success at all.”                                                      -Anna Quindlan

Do you find yourself questioning your current path while at the same time to others on the outside everything appears to be in perfect order?  Are you truly living the life of your choosing or are you rather living a life to live up to society’s expectations?  Do you sometimes wish you could just trade in your current treadmill running frenetic harried pace of life for one of a more simpler and peaceful existence?

        In Adventures of Voluntary Simplicity, Jack, a thirty something Washington D.C lawyer, blogs about these very issues.  In June, Jack announced he was planning on leaving his $300,000 dollar a year job as a lawyer for a more simpler way of living.  Furthermore, on October 27, Jack symbolically burned his Harvard Law School Diploma on youtube for all the world to see:


From Jacks intro to the video:

“Ive been thinking about doing this, in one way or another, for a while now. But I was never really sure if I would be doing it for the right reasons. Not to mention how silly it sounded whenever I brought it up to people. But this weekend it all came together: the weather was beautiful, the trails were inviting and freedom seemed just around the corner. So I went for it.

This is NOT a knock against Harvard. Or a calculated criticism of legal education. Or even a rejection of elitism, per se.

Sometimes you just need to say goodbye to your past in order to move forward.

In the end, it was just a piece of paper. Nothing more. I would rather live my life on my own terms than be a person that needs a piece of paper to justify their own worth.”

Care to open your mind to another way of living?  Check out Jack’s blog below:





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